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Today's News

  • Alyson Kate Wheeler

    Alyson Kate Wheeler turned 7 years old on Nov. 6.

    She celebrated with a Hannah Montana-themed party at Tri-City Lanes with relatives and friends.

    She is the daughter of Richard and Carla Wheeler of Kingston.

    Grandparents are R.L. Lawson of Harriman and the late Shirley Lawson and Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler of Harriman.

    Alyson has a 10-year-old brother, Noah.
     

  • League of Women Voters session set

    David Gregory, vice chancellor for the Office of Administration and Facilities Development, Tennessee Board of Regents, will be the guest speaker for Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch With the League on Dec. 7 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $6. The program starts at noon.

    Gregory will discuss ways to improve the completion rate of students at Tennessee institutions of higher learning.

  • Borrowing for buses gets alternate spin

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis has been telling constituents the county is not borrowing money to purchase school buses.

    County Executive Ron Woody said Ellis is wrong.   

    “We’re going to borrow the money,” Woody said.

    Instead of borrowing money to purchase the school buses, Woody wanted the county to ask the school system to buy the buses with money in its operating budget or fund balance.

  • Kingston betting lights on drawing retail

    Kingston city officials are aglow about the city’s latest accomplishment — a half dozen towering light clusters at the Gallaher Road exit of Interstate 40.

    Those, along with the addition of more traditional street lights along the exit, are intended to signal to businesses and, eventually, shoppers, that this is the intended site of Kingston’s future business district.

  • Harriman fire team keeps children safe in vehicles, too

    That perfectly good looking child-restraint seat that has served you for a while may be a hazard waiting to happen.

    Just ask the Harriman Fire Department. And you can, too, because it holds regular child-restraint safety checkpoints. The department works hard to make sure one of the five certified firefighters is on each shift so anyone stopping by can have their seat checked or installed.

  • Tax bills finally hit the mail

    People who own land in Roane County no longer have to wait to find out how much they owe in property taxes.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the new tax cards are in the mail.

    “Part of it was taken to the post office yesterday (Monday), and the remainder of it was taken this (Tuesday) morning,” Eblen said, “so everyone should be getting them soon.”
    Normally people would have received the cards around the first of October, but this year’s controversial countywide reappraisal caused a lot of delays.

  • Masons make $50,000 contribution to community

    After selling Masonic Lodge No. 367 , members of the Paint Rock Free and Accepted Masons donated all of their assets, totaling approximately $50,000, to area churches, cemeteries, children’s hospitals and Midway High School.

    Due to the low membership of 27 members of the Paint Rock Masonic Lodge, which was chartered in 1868, and the costliness of upkeep, the lodge was sold to Brian Parks, who plans to convert the building into a grocery and grill, secretary Charlie “Gene” Walker said.

  • TWRC to meet

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will convene for the final time of the calendar year when it meets Dec. 1-2 in Gatlinburg. The meeting will be held at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

  • Jackets split with Wartburg

    Makisha Fuller quite possibly had the performance of her life for the Kingston Lady Jackets Monday night as her 25 points propelled her team to the 60-53 win over the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs. 

  • Bobcats drop two games

    After losing much of their rotation from last year's TSSAA Class A State Tournament team, Tony Ingram's Oliver Springs Bobcats were expected to take their lumps early in the season while a new team got familiar with each other.